Frederick County Office of Sustainability 
and Environmental Resources
Spring 2017
OSER Staff (left to right) Front Row: Linda Williamson, Lia Miller; Back Row: Bonnie Griesemer, 
Darlene Bucciero,  Suzanne Cliber, Lisa Orr, Shannon Moore, Don Dorsey (Photo by Russell Poole)
Joyce &James Tuten went solar in Middletown.
Frederick County Solar Co-op Extends Sign-Up Deadline

Due to increased interest, the Frederick County Solar Co-op is extending its sign-up deadline. The co-op is now open to new residential and small business members until May 31, 2017. By forming a group of interested buyers and selecting a single solar install that best meets the interest of the group, co-op members can receive lower prices as a result of economies of scale and reduced labor costs for business development and marketing. The co-op has grown to 129 participants, and it is expected to  grow throughout the next few months due to co-op promotion at several spring events, including the Green Neighbor Festival on May 20 and 21. 

Co-op members Boe Walker and Mary Lou Reidy recently signed their contract to have their

Green Neighbor Festival

Formerly the Green Neighbor Forum, the
Green Neighbor Festival is a 2-day festival that will promote environmental sustainability and "green" practices to protect land, water, and energy resources. Hood College and Friends of Baker Park are co-hosting the event to highlight environmentally sustainable practices to the community. Held in conjunction with Celebrate Frederick's Behind the Garden Gates Tour, the festival will be located around Baker Park's Culler Lake and will feature an educational walking tour of the newly restored lake structures, eco-friendly vendors, family-friendly activities, a tree tour, a fish release and more! The Green Neighbor Festival will take place Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days. 
Eric & Lyle Henze won Aeroseal duct sealing donated by Atlas Home Energy Services
6th Annual Green Homes Challenge Recognition Event

F rederick County officials  and OSER staff recognized Certified Households at the  6th annual Green Homes Challenge Recognition event on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center.  

Since Frederick County launched its Green Homes Challenge in January 2011, more than  650 households have met one or more of the three Green Homes Challenges: Be a Power Saver, Be a Green Leader, or Be a Renewable Star.  County Council Member Jerry Donald, Myersville Mayor Wayne Creadick were in 

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New Reforestation Program

The Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources  is proud to announce the upcoming launch of a new program geared towards reforesting our stream corridors on both private and public lands!  Our new reforestation program is called "Creek ReLeaf" and will provide residents with an opportunity to have trees planted and maintained for free for a certain time period on their property. Ideal properties would include opportunities where two acres or more could be reforested either on a single parcel or on multiple parcels. Property owners must be willing to provide a permanent reforestation easement on the area to be reforested and property owners will be compensated for providing the easements. More details will be released shortly on our exciting new program!  For more general information on the program please email or call Don Dorsey at 301-600-1350.

Green Leader Brigade Earth Day Events

Are you looking for an Earth Day project for your group or organization?   The Green Leader Brigade will be hosting two projects on Earth Day, April 22, 2017! 

Ballenger Creek Trail Clean-Up  Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
We will be cleaning up litter along Ballenger Creek Trail in Frederick as part of the Alice Ferguson's 29 th Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup.
Registration is required.
Storm Drain Stenciling Project   Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
(Kingsbrook Drive, near Ballenger Creek Elementary). 
Help to promote awareness about stormwater issues in your community by stenciling storm drains.   Registration is required.

PSR participant Brian Pick won the 2016 Photo Contest with this selfie with Atlas Home Energy Solutions workers!
149 Home Owners Served & Saving with 
2016 Power Saver Retrofits. 
$750,000 awarded for 2017!

In April, the implementation of the 2016 Power Saver Retrofits program wraps up. In total, 149 moderate- and low-income households received Home Performance with Energy Star Audits, and 145 of them obtained energy saving home improvements valued at up to $8,000 -- all at no cost! These improvements included air sealing and insulation, energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling system servicing and upgrades to Energy Star® models, as well as Energy Star® upgrades of appliances and water heaters. Estimates of the annual utility bill savings for these households range from $300 to $2,489 with the average being $700.

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